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'Jinx broken, ready to take on Aus'

Sachin Tendulkar said his ton has given India a chance to get even with Australia for the humiliating loss in Melbourne.

cricket Updated: Jan 04, 2008 21:48 IST

Relieved at having broken last year's nervous 90s jinx to get his 38th Test hundred, Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said his ton has given India a chance to get even with Australia for the humiliating loss in Melbourne.

Tendulkar, who had not scored a hundred since May last year, falling in 90s several times, broke the jinx with an unbeaten 154 to add a third hundred at the SCG to his credit.

"Australia are the best side in the world. It's good when you perform well against the top side in the world. It's a challenge to rise up to the occasion and beat them. That's what the whole (cricket) world is trying to do," Tendulkar said after the third day's play.

His ton has put India in a good position in the ongoing second Test here after a humiliating 376-run loss in Melbourne. "It was a little different this time because in 2007 I missed a lot of hundreds and I didn't want that to continue."

"I wanted to move on into 2008 and it was extremely important that it came at the right time so I am happy about that," he added. Tendulkar revealed that he had been fighting a face allergy ahead of the match which forced him to practice indoors and also required an appointment with the doctor.

"I had this terrible allergy on my face. If you'd seen on the 30th and 31st (December), you wouldn't have recognised me," Tendulkar said. "It was all over my face. I had to go to the hospital and ettle it down. I'm quite happy it's ended up OK."

Despite piling up more than 11,000 runs in Tests, the right hander refuses comparisons with Australian great Don Bradman. "I don't think anyone can be compared to Sir Don," he said.

Tendulkar said India had bounced back well after the Melbourne mauling. "We believe in our ability. We knew that one bad match doesn't mean we can't bounce back. We've got faith in the team. It's so important. It's a long tour, it's going to be a tough tour. We're prepared to be mentally tough," he said.

He was particularly pleased that his effort put India in a good position with a first innings lead of 69. "I kept fighting and tried to play according to the merit of the ball and waiting for the loose deliveries,"

On the state of the match, Tendulkar said spinners will have a major role to play in the remaining two days of the Test. "There is turn and bounce and the ball is also stopping on the pitch. Spinners will trouble batsmen more from here on as there is not much there for pace bowlers," he said.